The Ibizan Hound

5 Aug

So today I’ll write about the Ibizan Hound. Probably you haven’t seen an Ibizan Hound strolling on Broadway, or Hollywood Boulevard. So if you can’t really imagine what an Ibizan Hound looks like, here’s a picture:

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As you can see, the Ibizan Hound is a really lean and agile dog. It’s hair can be wired, but it’s smooth most of the time, so not much grooming is needed.
The Ibizan Hound is an elegant dog with an athletic, and in my opinion, fancy outline. Despite their fancy and graceful look, they have good bone girth and are rugged. Most people like them for their huge bat-like ears, which highlight their gorgeous faces. Their coat is usually red and white, and their eyes are amber.

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Their not really big, about 22-29 inches (56-74 cm) and they weigh about 45-65 pounds (20-29 kg). The male is usually larger than the female

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They are very intelligent, very active and engaging. They ranked 53rd in Stanley Coren’s The Intelligence of Dogs. They are just like little clowns, trying to impress and always performing to their owners and everyone around them.

They are very intelligent, but very stubborn, so they only listen for a little amount of time, and the moment you toughen up, they ignore you. To stay calm and patient, and they’ll be your best student.

They are relatively quiet, but can make great watchdogs as well.

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They do very well with children and other dogs because of their calm and submissive nature, but if other dogs or people start provoking them, they can be defensive and aggressive. They do great in a house, in an apartment not so much, because they are very athletic and hyper, so they need to run a lot. And even if you have a garden, you’ll have to take them out for a walk a couple of times. They need a tall, tall fence, for they can jump incredible heights from one spot. Also, they have a strong prey drive, so if you’re in a park around small dogs, or squirrels, I recommend don’t take them off the leash.

Health concerns include seizures and allergies, and rarely axonal dystrophy, cataract, retinal dysplasia and deafness. Owners should take their Ibizans to the vet before considering breeding, and even if you don’t want to breed, a check up from time to time never hurt anybody. CERF and BAER testings are recommended. Their average lifespan is 12-14 years.

So here you go, one Ibizan Hound to go.

If you have an Ibizan and have any questions or problems, I live in California and work with dogs, so you can send an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I possibly can. If you don’t have an Ibizan and are thinking of getting one, or have any questions about the breed, I’m here to help.

Here’s my email: dancinglights175@gmail.com
If you have a dog and it’s sick, or you have any questions, write to: emma@lighttimes.us

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